Harrisburg Disability Lawyer
Living with a disability can be overwhelming and stressful. The burden can be physical, emotional, and financial. It is important to know you can take action to seek disability benefits. You may be looking for a Harrisburg disability lawyer to assist you with your claim or appeal.
The experienced North Carolina disability lawyers at Riddle & Brantley have been serving the Harrisburg NC area for decades and would love to help.
For a FREE consultation with a disability lawyer serving Harrisburg, North Carolina and greater Charlotte, please call 1-800-525-7111.
The consultation is free and there are no upfront costs or attorney fees unless we get you the Social Security disability benefits (SSD/SSDI) you need and deserve.
We believe Justice Counts for North Carolinians with disabilities, including those in the Harrisburg area, and we’re proud to fight on their behalf.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a FREE consultation with a Board-Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability.
“Why is it critical to turn to a skilled Social Security Disability Lawyer?”
The Social Security Disability (SSD) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application and appeal processes can be very complex and confusing.
If you have a disability and are seeking benefits, you may feel overwhelmed. Hiring the right disability attorney with experience handling cases in Harrisburg can make a big difference in securing the benefits you need and deserve.
Research shows that a disability lawyer can help increase the chances that you are approved for benefits.
According to a recent study, just 34 percent of those who did not hire an attorney were ultimately approved for benefits, while 60 percent of those who did hire a disability attorney were ultimately approved.
Don’t gamble with your potential benefits.
Call the experienced disability lawyers serving Harrisburg NC today at 1-800-525-7111.
We don’t get paid unless we win your case and you receive Social Security disability benefits.
If you are a veteran who has received an honorable or general discharge after suffering a “service-connected” injury or illness resulting in disability, our VA disability attorneys can evaluate your claim, as well.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today for a FREE consultation.
Why Riddle & Brantley?
The Social Security Disability Lawyers at Riddle & Brantley are here to help. We have more than 225 years of combined legal experience helping North Carolinians with disabilities.
We are here to help the people of Harrisburg, North Carolina and the surrounding areas.
“I would recommend Riddle & Brantley to anyone who needs help with disability.”
–B. Fields, Riddle & Brantley client
We pride ourselves on our excellent client service and strive to treat every client like family. We’re humbled by the words our clients use to describe their experience working with our attorneys and staff.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 or fill out the short form below for a free case review today.
There are never any upfront fees and we don’t get paid unless we win disability benefits for you.
Call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the short form below and let’s review your claim.
A skilled disability attorney will always have your best interest at heart and will be personally invested in your case.
“Without your help, I would not have received my Social Security benefits.”
–Charlotte R., Riddle & Brantley client
At Riddle & Brantley, our attorneys will walk you through the entire SSD or SSDI application and appeals process. We will answer your questions and keep you informed as we help you negotiate this complex situation. If your disability case requires an appeal at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Council, or federal court, a Riddle & Brantley attorney will help you prepare for your hearing and provide tireless representation.
“Do I qualify for disability?”
The Social Security disability process involves a complex set of rules and regulations that are not easily understood. Below are some of the more important concepts when filing for disability or appealing a denial.
Understanding these concepts can help you secure the benefits you need and deserve. Remember, a disability attorney with experience in Harrisburg can walk you through these considerations and advise you on your best legal options.
Things to Consider When Applying for Disability or Appealing a Denial
- Many times, medical conditions aren’t severe enough to qualify for disability benefits on their own. However, if you are denied benefits and have more than one medical condition, you should appeal. If your combined impairments have more than a minimal effect on your ability to work, the examiner should fully consider this to decide if your combined conditions create a disability that “significantly interferes” with your ability to work. A disability attorney serving Harrisburg NC can help you best position your claim.
- Claims examiners usually focus on the main complaint in a disability application, such as a physical problem. They often ignore lesser complaints of emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression, or PTSD. If you feel the claims examiner did not explore your mental health complaint, it is important to state this in your request for hearing (HA-501). Before your hearing, be sure to visit a psychiatrist so you will have up-to-date mental health records to show the judge at the hearing. Ask your mental health doctor to fill out a mental residual functional capacity (MRFC) assessment. This will help your chances of winning on appeal. Our lead Social Security disability attorney, Scott Scurfield, examined disability for mental disorders in a recent blog post.
- If your medical records contain information about several illnesses or injuries, it is not uncommon for the claims examiner to leave some of your limitations out of your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC). Always state which limitations your RFC neglected to include in your appeal request. A disability lawyer with experience in Harrisburg NC can help you with this process.
- It is important to fully describe any past jobs (jobs you have had within the past 15 years) on your application. If you don’t describe your past jobs, the claims examiner may mistakenly decide you can do your old job. You must specify all tasks you did at your last job. Your RFC may list certain tasks you are unable to do, but all should be mentioned. It is important to remember that even if your RFC lists reasons you can’t do a certain job, it won’t help you if you failed to specify all duties you were required to do at your last job. A disability attorney can help ensure your application is complete.
- The claims examiner will assess whether you are able to switch to less physically or mentally demanding work. He or she will look at your past jobs to see if you picked up any skills that you could bring to a new line of work. Deciding you have transferable skills is a decision that needs to be based only on the jobs you have had in the last 15 years. These jobs should be full-time and held for a significant amount of time. This assessment needs to be based on job descriptions in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).
If the claims examiner makes mistakes in any of these areas, he or she may decide you have job skills that you do not actually have, or that your level of disability doesn’t qualify you for benefits. This is always grounds for appeal.
For more information on the chances of winning a disability appeal, check out our recent blog post.
REMEMBER: If you are denied disability benefits, you DO have options to appeal or file a new claim.
You don’t have to go through this alone.
One of our disability attorneys with experience in the Harrisburg NC area can help. We also serve clients in the greater Charlotte area, including Concord, Kannapolis, Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill.
For a FREE consultation with a disability lawyer serving Harrisburg, please call 1-800-525-7111 today.
Because we work on a contingency basis, you won’t pay any fees upfront — and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we get you approved for benefits.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.